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Posted Apr 6, '10 at 5:24pm

Soltis

Soltis

27 posts

I've spent a lot of time playing games on AG, and to put it bluntly, most games I encounter have ratings wildly out of proportion to their actual quality. In a few cases a game is rated too low, but usually it's the opposite: people appear to rate games based on what other people have rated them, nearly as much as their own opinion -- or they simply don't want to give any game a "bad" rating.

Here are some general thoughts and pointers:

1. A game author may not like getting a low rating, but it's important to rate games accurately -- for two reasons. First, so other players know what to expect; second, so the author knows if they need to try harder in order to produce a good game.

2. Other people's opinions are not yours. All a 9.5 rating means, is that the game has a 9.5 rating; don't be afraid to rate a game a 6 or 5 just because everyone else didn't.

3. Every rating number has its own meaning - the entire spectrum, from 1 to 10, should be used when appropriate.

4. Most games should get between 4 and 7 in ratings -- 1-3 should be reserved for spectacular failures, and 8-9 should be used sparingly.

5. You should never rate a game a 10 unless you've thought about it pretty hard, first - if the "10" rating is to have any meaning, it should be extremely uncommon; I don't think I've ever given a 10; I've given a couple 9.5s, but there are always flaws.

6. Once in a while, a game is simply so creative you want to give it credit for being so original; I suggest rating it like usual, and then adding no more than 1 to the resulting rating... even creativity needs to be balanced by discipline and skill.

Anyway, to help people give better ratings, I've provided a number-by-number breakdown of possible ratings and when they should be used:

1 - AWFUL: unplayable, impossible to enjoy, or even tolerate; games which are so buggy you can't even play a minute or two might qualify, too.

2 - Terrible: nobody in their right mind would enjoy it; comparable to watching paint dry for sheer entertainment value.

3 - Bad: boring, annoying, repetitive; terribly balanced; severely buggy, etc.

4 - Mediocre: amateurish, tedious, or suffers serious balance issues; you wouldn't say it's out right bad, but you wouldn't say it's anywhere near good.

5 - Average: no crushingly bad flaws, but nothing impressive - a good way to waste time, but nothing more.

6 - Above average: fun, but with flaws; there may be balance issues, bugs, or implementation issues of a good idea. This should be the highest rating a game gets if it has even one serious complaint.

7 - Good: no serious complaints or bugs; above-average enjoyability, or an unusually creative game concept.

8 - Great: a great idea, with good implementation; there may be minor issues, but nothing that would stop a reasonable player from having a great time.

9 - Amazing: not quite perfect, but a masterpiece. No real issues; the only problems should be extremely slight, or subjective (matters of opinion).

10 - Perfect: flawless; absolutely no complaints whatsoever, and game play slightly more addictive than crack.

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:04pm

loloynage2

loloynage2

3,106 posts

this is a pretty legit form. Nice! And i can see u can write well reviews

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:15pm

Krizaz

Krizaz

1,843 posts

A first I though this was gonna be one of those crap threads written by 12 year olds that have no idea what they're talking about. But this is actually a very informative thread. Thanks.

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:20pm

sourwhatup2

sourwhatup2

3,255 posts

This is amazingly well written. Nice Job, and I hope most people see this.. xD

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:28pm

vinster132

vinster132

5,469 posts

This is very informative like Krizaz said. And I'd like to add another thing that other people rate games with a random rating because they want points also. That is why a quality game would turn out to have a very low rating.

Anyways, nice job. And I think this deserves to be a sticky.

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:31pm

Krizaz

Krizaz

1,843 posts

Anyways, nice job. And I think this deserves to be a sticky.

I second that.

Nice first post, building a good reputation. A first for the lowly serfs perhaps? (As in getting a sticky.)

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 6:42pm

vinster132

vinster132

5,469 posts

A first for the lowly serfs perhaps? (As in getting a sticky.)

Yeah probably. Most likely actually.

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 8:04pm

BeastMode10

BeastMode10

371 posts

Agreed. Masterpieces like colony and arcuz have somehow received unfavorable ratings.

About that sticky, the Flash Games Forum is for talking about Flash Games, and tutorials on how to rate them would be off topic.

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 8:10pm

vinster132

vinster132

5,469 posts

About that sticky, the Flash Games Forum is for talking about Flash Games, and tutorials on how to rate them would be off topic.

Yeah, I know that. But this is very informative. People have to read this. =)

 

Posted Apr 6, '10 at 8:25pm

Soltis

Soltis

27 posts

I hoped some people would find this useful, but I'm really amazed at this reception.

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

 
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